Lebanon
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LEBANESE STAGE EXTRAORDINARY REVOLT AGAINST THEIR POLITICIANS

23rd Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Lebanon has passed a series of major economic reforms, including the slashing of officials’ salaries and the scrapping of austerity measures, after a weekend of mass nationwide protests over a deteriorating economy. The announcement of the 17-point economic program was met with a mixture of cheers and jeers at protests in downtown…

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Syria
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SYRIA – CHAOS UNLEASHED; CHRISTIANS IMPERILLED, BUT STEADFAST

23rd Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

Adapted from the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, by *Elizabeth Kendal [1]&[2] Turkey and Russia have agreed what they say is a “historic” deal aimed at keeping Kurdish forces away from Syria’s border with Turkey. It comes during a pause in Turkey’s offensive to drive Kurdish forces out, creating a “safe zone” in the area. Under…

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Tunisia
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TUNISIA’S NEW PRESIDENT, SAIED, PROMISES TO FIX ECONOMY

23rd Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Alex Pollock A low-profile, conservative law professor has beaten a charismatic media magnate released from prison earlier [9 October] in Tunisia’s presidential election runoff. In a contest that reflected Tunisia’s shifting post-revolution political landscape, Kais Saied scooped more than 70% of the vote, according to two exit polls, more than 40 points ahead of…

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LibyaRefugees
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RWANDA OFFERS TO HOST REFUGEES TRAPPED IN LIBYA

26th Sep 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock   Hundreds of refugees trapped in Libyan detention centres will be evacuated to Rwanda as conflict rages in the north African nation, the United Nations said on Tuesday [10 September]. Vincent Cochetel, special envoy for the central Mediterranean for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), said 500 refugees would be evacuated to Rwanda…

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EgyptProtests
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RARE PROTESTS IN EGYPT LEAD TO CLASHES AND ARRESTS

26th Sep 2019 . by incontext_adm

Almost 500 people have been detained in Egypt in the past few days after protests against alleged government corruption, human rights activists say. Demonstrations were reported in Cairo, Alexandria and several other cities on Friday night [20 September], and in the port city of Suez on Saturday evening. The authorities have not yet released an…

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Saudi-OilAttack
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ATTACKS ON SAUDI OIL FACILITIES HEIGHTEN REGIONAL AND GLOBAL TENSIONS

26th Sep 2019 . by incontext_adm

Iran was responsible for the attacks on two Saudi oil facilities earlier this month, the leaders of the United Kingdom, France and Germany said, drawing a sharp response from Iranian officials. The leaders issued a joint statement on Monday [23 September] as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted that the UK may withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, as US President…

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Israel
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ISRAEL ESCALATES ITS SHADOW WAR WITH IRAN

5th Sep 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Andrew Richards Israel has carried out a series of attacks across the Middle East in recent weeks to prevent Iran from equipping its Arab allies with precision-guided missiles, drones and other sophisticated weapons that could challenge Israel’s defences. The attacks represent a new escalation in the shadow war between Iran and Israel, which has…

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BRAZIL-FIRE-MATO GROSSO
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DEFORESTATION FUELS THE AMAZON FIRES

5th Sep 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Alex Pollock A record number of fires ravaging the Amazon has drawn international outrage because of the rainforest’s importance to the global environment and prompted Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to dispatch the military to assist in firefighting. (Reuters) Overview of the current situation The Amazon – the world’s largest rainforest and river basin –…

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Sudan
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SLOW AND STEADY PROGRESS TOWARDS A NEW SUDAN

4th Sep 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Sudan’s hard-won transition to civilian rule has fallen behind schedule just days after the new prime minister delayed the formation of the first government since veteran leader Omar al-Bashir was removed. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, a seasoned United Nations economist who faces the daunting task of rescuing his country’s moribund economy, was…

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Hong Kong protests 2
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MASSIVE PEACEFUL PROTESTS RESUME IN HONG KONG AFTER VIOLENT CLASHES

21st Aug 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Hundreds of thousands of peaceful protesters of all ages returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday [18 August], in a massive show of solidarity for a movement that appeared on the verge of losing popular support. Protesters defied torrential rain, a police ban and menacing threats from the Chinese government…

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